Another Milestone

Not quite got the hang of it yet!
Not quite got the hang of it yet!

Yesterday while in Big C, I spotted some special food for young babies it is made from some sort of gluten free wheat or maze, dried banana and milk. It actually smelt and tasted quite good. (They were demoing it in the shop). So we took the plunge, Sa and I decide it was time to see what would happen with solid food. Check out the picture.


But it was yummy!
But it was yummy!

He wasn’t sure at first and more came out than stayed in. But after a few mouthfuls – big smile. About 5 minutes later Sa said I think he’s had enough now and went to take the bowl and spoon away. He howled his little head off till it came back and he promptly finished the entire bowl! I think we have to stock up on this stuff ready for England now. Only 48 Hours to go until the big journey. Let’s hope he is as good as usual.

A good Night Out

Sleeping Beauties!
Sleeping Beauties!

Last Night we took all the Family and Staff out for dinner. It was a thank you for all the hard work to come while we are away. Ben and Nong Lemon were pretty good. Nong Lemon slept the whole time while Ben was 90% awake and totally interested in everything. He even tried Melon and Mint Sorbet along with a very small amount of my Cherries flambéed in Kirsch! I have to say he looked as if he enjoyed everything. (I have a feeling he is going to take after me and LOVE good and varied food)

Stuffing Ourselves
Stuffing Ourselves

We are just starting to think about feeding him other things now. On looking it up it does say we can start with Orange juice and adding some cereal to his milk. Probably not best to start him with Cherries flambéed in Kirsch though!

Time to Go Home!
Time to Go Home!

Another Busy Week

Daddy and Master Ben go for a swim.
Daddy and Master Ben go for a swim.

This Week I have been in Bangkok again finishing Sa’s Visa’s and fixing some things for me and other people so I havn’t had much time for master Ben. But’ yet again he is growing anf changing. Friday we took him swimming for the third time and he was very nearly afloat all on his own.

Look Mummy I can float on my own!
Look Mummy I can (nearly) float on my own!

It’s only 10 days now until Ben goes to England and lots of other places so we will be very busy this week sorting everything out and getting things in order. I feel quite confident that Ben will be fine on the 10 Hour flight to England. A least I think I do!

A Busy Time for Master Ben

As Sa and I needed to go to Bangkok to make her English Visa and as Cha’s wife would be in hospital for a couple of days Sa asked if we could take Nong Ben to Lat Buri for the night so she could take him to see her favourite monk and get him blessed. Much to my better judgment I agreed!

Short Time Hotel me thinks!
Short Time Hotel me thinks!

We set off OK and reached the UK visa Office in Regent House, Bangkok . It took 3 hours to submit the application during which time I had to stay outside with Ben, as they won’t let us inside. As you can imagine Ben really wasn’t too happy but he just about kept is cool.
So it’s off to Lat Buri. A two Hour drive from Bangkok. We eventually got there to find our favourite hotel closed for the night and had to go searching for another which was a real pain at 8pm. However we found what I think was really a short time hotel which looked like it had come straight out of a cartoon. I think Ben enjoyed the bright colours, but as for me, it just gave me a headache!
I was getting grump because I hadn’t eaten all day and Ben was tired so we ended up trying to eat quickly in a restaurant with an unhappy little boy with his nappy overflowing – not the nicest of situations.
Not a Happy Chap
Not a Happy Chap

After a bad night’s sleep it’s off to the temple. I really tried hard to look after Ben while Sa did her bit. The trouble was, it was very hot and Ben was obviously uncomfortable but that seems to take second place to the temple.
Eventually everything was over and poor little thing got his blessing and his bit if hair cut, but oh boy did he let everyone know he was hot and unhappy. Checkout Ben screaming on the Monks lap!
Apparently this is a Buddhists ritual which is why Sa wouldn’t cut his hair. The Monks have to make the first cut! I never will understand!
Once it was over, I was looking forward to a nice run home! Sa said to me please can we stop quickly to see a friend and go to the department store – foolishly I said yes. It wasn’t the friend or the department store that was the problem, but leaving things late meant that we got caught in the traffic for the Queen’s birthday celebration! Big Mistake! You have never seen anything like it. What should have taken 20 Minutes took 3 hours. Unfortunately for us the Boys in Brown can’t organise a piss up in a brewery so we watch as policemen and motorist argued face to face while we waited and waited and waited. At least it provided some entertainment.
Ben gets his Ferrari!
Ben gets his Ferrari!

All in all what should have been a 4 hour journey took 7 ½ hours so poor Master Ben really had had enough when we arrived home.
The only really bright point today was that in the department store I fell in love with a baby walker. Ben’s eyes lit up when we put him in. So it was an easy sale. When we got home I couldn’t believe within 5 minutes he was pushing himself backwards. I really didn’t expect to see that for a few months. Amazing Babies!
Anyway Ben has his new toy and he can have a hair cut tomorrow! Thank God for that.

Uncle Ben

9am this Morning
9am this Morning

Strange as it may seem, today Ben became an Uncle and Sa became a Grandma. Which I guess makes me Grandpa although I really don’t think about it like that.
Nui gave birth this morning to Nong Lemon. 6.30am, 3Kg, no problems Mother and baby just fine. Cha seems to be copeing OK. I will add more when all the fuss has died down and they are home.
It doesn’t see fair that I have only been Dad for 3 Months and now, even if joking, being called Grandpa.

Bens First Merit Making Ceremony

Oblivious as Always
Oblivious as Always

In spite for his cold (which is better today) Sa was determined that Master Ben was going to make it to Pattayas yearly Merit Making Ceremony. So we got him up at 6am and he sat in the Sun with the rest of the family of 3 hours while the monks droned on and on and on…… I am not sure who was more uncomfortable. A very hot little Boy in his carry cot or Daddy trying to sit on the ground for 3 hours!

The idea of the ceremony is to bring good luck and prosperity to Pattaya. I can think of plenty of ways to do that and none of them involve today’s proceedings. It totally amazes me how much food and supplies the monks receive in the hope that it will bring people good luck.


Ben Makes Merit!
Ben Makes Merit!

As always Ben was as good as gold not one murmur. He drunk lots of water and milk then fell asleep despite all the noise around him. But the most important think for Sa was that Ben made his first offering to a monk. It made her so happy. It was quite a spectacle but was it really worth getting a 4 Month old up at 6am for! I am not sure.

Snotty Mister Ben

He was Giggling in the pool!
He was Giggling in the pool!

The poor little Mite has a right stinker of a cold. We took him to the Hospital this aftrnoon and he sneezed all over the doctor. Now his nose is streaming like a tap. But the most amazing thing of all, He is still smiling. I really don’t understand at all!
The worst bit is that I am getting the blame as we went swimming again yesterday. Ho hum, oh well, that’s life.

Ben and the Ladyboy

Ben and the Ladyboy
Ben and the Ladyboy

Last night we went out for dinner on Jomtien see front. After we had finished I really fancied a drink so we decided to go down Soi Whitehouse, which is a small Street full of bars.

One bar we know quite well as a friend of mine has shall we say, an interest in one of the bars. As we approached it was obvious that everyone was well on the way to a good night.

Nobody has seen us since Ben arrived and as you can imagine Ben was overwhelmed by all the attention.  Most of the attention died away quite quickly except for the resident lady body who kept on tell everyone how “Nalak” or sweet Ben was.

She went and found him a Mickey Mouse fan and proceeded to fuss all over him and cool him down while we finished our drinks. As we said our good byes and walked off the lady boy shouted after us. “Can I look after him when he gets to 18 please”

In the picture you can see the warning symbol on his carry chair. But I do think its very appropriately placed on the Lady boy, don’t you!

Definitely time to go home master Ben. Quite enough excitement for one day!